Wabash Technologies Corporation Engages Harte-Hanks to Provide Tech-Driven Logistics Solution
Dec. 16, 2003 DEERFIELD BEACH, FL MARKET WIRE
Harte-Hanks, Inc. (NYSE: HHS), a worldwide, direct and targeted marketing company, has implemented and manages a complete technology-based logistics solution for Wabash Technologies, a Huntington, IN-based automotive industry supplier.
The program includes the online procurement of all modes of freight transportation, using a custom designed Order Entry System that provides global visibility of all logistics and transportation. In addition, the solution includes the design and implementation of a comprehensive vendor routing system -- and an electronic interface between Wabash Technologies and its vendors. Together, with manifest invoicing and payment, the logistics team at Harte-Hanks has helped Wabash achieve more than a 20-percent savings in transportation charges during the first three months of the program alone.
Monthly management reports track progress and savings. Harte-Hanks is using the Internet-based system to host, coordinate and manage load tendering, pick-up and delivery for Wabash Technologies and its vendors. Harte-Hanks is also providing the tools to support and help generate future freight savings opportunities by supplying vendor non-compliance reports that alert Wabash to any suppliers who do not meet the company's delivery/shipping requirements. Additional savings are made possible by the consolidation of inbound freight.
"We're building on our supply chain strategic partnership platform [SSP] which is driving improvements throughout our supply chain," said Steve Miller, vice president, supply chain management, Wabash Technologies. "Harte-Hanks will help us manage our supply base on-time delivery performance with complimentary global sourcing to support and accelerate Wabash Technologies growth around the world. It's a powerful partnership that will help us sustain and improve upon the gains we're achieving with our supply chain strategy."
Through Harte-Hanks, Wabash Technologies is provided the opportunity to:
-- Place online orders with its vendors for pick-up and delivery
-- Track & trace all of its shipments
-- Receive proof of delivery information via the Internet
-- Know the approximate cost of all transportation when placing the
"Harte-Hanks has utilized its e-business prowess, and its extensive carrier base, to create an effective Internet-based routing system for an extremely large group of vendors," Miller said. "Based on its expertise in logistics planning and volume-driven pricing, Harte-Hanks has created a reduction in costs for Wabash Technologies in less-than-truckload, truckload and time-sensitive airfreight."
About Wabash Technology Corporation
Wabash Technologies is a leading manufacturer of a broad range of vital electronic/electromechanical components for original equipment manufacturers. We also serve the aftermarket with a broad range of products. Wabash's custom manufactured components are sold to the automotive and off-road vehicle markets. Our customers include the Big Three automotive companies, Tier I and Tier II system suppliers, heavy vehicle, agriculture, construction, off-highway, and small engine manufacturers.
Harte-Hanks, Inc., San Antonio, TX, is a worldwide, direct and targeted marketing company that provides direct marketing services and shopper advertising opportunities to a wide range of local, regional, national and international consumer and business-to-business marketers. Harte-Hanks Direct Marketing improves the return on its clients' marketing investment with a range of services organized around five solution points: Construct and update the database -- Access the data -- Analyze the data -- Apply the knowledge -- Execute the programs. Experts at each element within this process, Harte-Hanks Direct Marketing is highly skilled at tailoring solutions for each of the vertical markets it serves. Harte-Hanks Shoppers is North America's largest owner, operator and distributor of shopper publications, with shoppers that are zoned into more than 800 separate editions reaching more than 10 million households in California and Florida each week. Visit the Harte-Hanks Web site at http://www.harte-hanks.com or call (.
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